The discipline of architecture is currently undergoing a significant change as professional practice and academia seem to be transforming one another specifically through succinct research undertakings. This book continues the discussion started in The Changing Shape of Practice – Integrating Research and Design in Architecture on architectural offices’ modes of research and lines of inquiry in architecture and how it reshapes practice. The book aims to contribute to the mapping and discussion on research in architectural practice and its transformational impact and gives input to the discussions on where the architectural profession is heading.

In this second volume, various research initiatives and modes in architectural practices are portrayed. The book also includes contributions that broaden the scope and put the developments into larger contexts, and present an overview of developments from different regional perspectives and of various social aspects of architecture. It also relates the developments in practice to educational efforts and to initiatives where the more traditional role of architects is challenged.

The contributions include chapters by Walter Unterrainer, Anthony Burke, Renée Cheng and Andrea J. Johnson, and Michael U. Hensel, and on the practices atelier d’architecture autogérée, Helen & Hard, MVRDV and The Why Factory, NADAAA & Nader Tehrani, Nordic – Office of Architecture, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Void, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, and Älvstranden Utveckling.

chapter Chapter 1|13 pages

Current changes in conditions and contexts for architectural research and practice

A brief introduction
ByMichael U. Hensel, Fredrik Nilsson

chapter Chapter 2|9 pages

Emerging exit strategies

ByWalter Unterrainer

chapter Chapter 3|8 pages

Prototyping practice

ByAnthony Burke

chapter Chapter 4|12 pages

Consortium for Research Practices

Closing the knowledge loop between education and practice through research
ByRenée Cheng, Andrea J. Johnson

chapter Chapter 5|16 pages

Evolving contours in rethinking – reskilling – retooling

Life-long learning, research capacities and lateral networking
ByMichael U. Hensel

chapter Chapter 6|10 pages

atelier d’architecture autogérée

Transgressive practices for resilient urban agency
ByDoina Petrescu, Constantin Petcou, Fredrik Nilsson

chapter Chapter 7|23 pages

The research and relational designs of Helen & Hard

BySiv Stangeland, Michael U. Hensel

chapter Chapter 8|9 pages

MVRDV + The Why Factory

Factoring the why in design practice
ByWiny Maas, Javier Arpa, Fredrik Nilsson

chapter Chapter 9|10 pages

On the necessity of messy rearch

Neder Tehrani
ByBrandon Clifford

chapter Chapter 10|14 pages

Nordic — Office of Architecture

An account of current research efforts
ByJohn Arne Bjerknes, Kristine Andrule, Marcus Enskat, Christian Henriksen, Bridget White, John Christer Høiby

chapter Chapter 11|12 pages

Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Giving and gaining — co-creating knowledge and exploring practice at SHL
ByTrine Berthold, Fredrik Nilsson

chapter Chapter 12|10 pages

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Building on the legacy of technological and architectural innovation
ByDaniel Cashen, Neil Katz

chapter Chapter 13|9 pages

Into < > out of the Void

ByJoakim Wiig Hoen, Michael U. Hensel

chapter Chapter 14|9 pages


Research work at Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
BySarah Wigglesworth

chapter Chapter 15|16 pages

Designing fusion points of urban design, practice and research

The case of Älvstranden Utveckling and RiverCity Gothenburg
ByFredrik Nilsson, Lena Andersson, Åsa Swan